The USB memory stick says, The disc is write-protected

November 26, 2019 at 13:53:31
Specs: Windows 7, Intel core i5 2410M CPU to 2.30 gigahertz
The disc is write-protected

Hi there I have a problem. I will soon upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
So the other day I bought a 128GB SanDisk USB memory stick so that I could put on my personal files on it so I would not lose them when I upgrade.

It was a lot of files, and when it finished I realised that it had not copied them all, nowhere close in fact. Not only that, the memory stick will now no longer allow me to add additional files, saying: “The disc is write-protected” remove the write-protection or use another disk. Furthermore, it will not allow me to format.

I have tried several different possibilities including going through this tutorial on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fls...
None of the ways that this video talks about have worked.
I have also just realised an hour ago that one of the other memory sticks that I have which is plugged in, a 32 gigabyte stick is also playing up and is not accessible any more for some reason.
This is really frustrating, I have several, 128GB solid-state flash memory sticks, all with lots of data on them, I can hardly afford to lose this data, and I don’t really much extra memory space should I have to format them all.

This has become a massive problem, please help me

Kind regards Gin


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November 26, 2019 at 17:28:41
Could be a virus. Which AV software do you have & when's the last time you ran a full scan?

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November 27, 2019 at 04:01:35
Oh dear... never wise to rely on a usb stick for critical file storage; unless the content is also on another much more reliable storage medium as well.

Bit late now perhaps - but maybe not? It would be better to either copy those files to DVD at least (whatever number is required) and/or an external hard drive - standard mechanical HD.

Flash drives are often ok - most of the time; but now and then they simply play up and so on... Copies on DVD/CD and/or another hard drive assures you (will usually) be safe from losing anything... Really critical/important content make tow sets of disks/copies.

And before you do anything with the original files - ensure the copies are truly accessible etc.; for obvious reasons.


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November 30, 2019 at 05:43:22
Hi trvlr,, thanks for getting back to me.

you said in your post Quote:
Oh dear... never wise to rely on a usb stick for critical file storage; unless the content is also on another much more reliable storage medium as well.

Please, what do you consider a more reliable storage medium than a USB stick? I am not too keen on cloud based storage, is there anything better you know of?

kind regards Gin


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#4
November 30, 2019 at 05:46:13
Hi rider I did full scans in several ways. it's not a virus I belive.

regards Gin


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#5
November 30, 2019 at 06:20:09
CD/DVD are more reliable and easy to use and carry about (in a proper enclose); and for long term storage. An external hard drive in its ow n enclosure likewise. For added assurance and for critical items (family photos, music, financial/legal stuff) use both an external hard drive and CD or DVD as well Store in separate locations if possible Check copies and update as needs-be. Never delete the only copy of a folder/file until you are sure any copies are OK

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November 30, 2019 at 06:27:06
great stuff, many thank for the info trvlr

best regards gin


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